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Ebenezer Diabetes Friendly Food Pantry

In the United States, diabetes is a growing epidemic. According to the American Diabetes Association, the disease affects 25.8 million people in the United States – that’s roughly 8.3 percent of the population. In Wisconsin, that figure jumps to 10.4 percent. But Columbia St. Mary’s, in partnership with Ebenezer Church of God in Christ, is spearheading a unique initiative to help combat the disease in Milwaukee.

In late November, the two organizations opened a food pantry at the Ebenezer Church Community-based Chronic Disease Management (CCDM) clinic on north Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Today, they are currently in the process of transforming it into a one-of-a-kind diabetic friendly food pantry.

Most food pantries are forced to rely heavily on canned foods high in sodium and sugar – ingredients that are harmful for diabetics. The new Ebenezer Diabetic Friendly Food Pantry, which is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 2-5 p.m., will provide more low-sodium, low-carb, less-processed foods. It will also offer more fresh fruit and vegetables as well as regular cooking classes to show patrons how to prepare them in a healthy manner.

The Ebenezer Diabetes Friendly Food Pantry is structured as a client choice pantry.  Clients that utilize the pantry will have the ability to work with dietitians and volunteers to shop the shelves similar to grocery store.  Throughout the week the shelves are stocked with food from Hunger Task Force, Feeding America and through private donations. The pantry currently serves an average of 156 households and 322 persons each month.  

 

Donations can be delivered to 3132 N. Martin Luther King Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53211 on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1-5pm.

Click here for directions to Ebenezer Resource Center 
Click here for a list of suggested items for donations

 

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